Terrific Definition

Unusually fine, admirable, enjoyable, etc.
Webster's New World
Awesome; astounding.
Drove at a terrific rate of speed.
American Heritage
Causing great fear or dismay; terrifying; dreadful; appalling.
Webster's New World
Unusually great in degree, intensity, severity, etc.
A terrific explosion.
Webster's New World
Very bad or unpleasant; frightful.
A terrific headache.
American Heritage

Origin of Terrific

  • From Latin terrificus (“causing terror"), from terrere (“to frighten, terrify") + -ficus, from facere (“to make").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin terrificus terrēre to frighten -ficus -fic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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